Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective facility that enables you to be more relaxed during your treatment. In Sedation Dentistry, a patient is given medication intravenously or orally. The benefits of intravenous sedation are that its tranquilizing effects are instant, and the dentist will titrate the drug to the wanted level of sedation. It is similar to oral sedation, wherein you are in a low level of sedation, maintaining all your reflexes, and can rest comfortably without any anxiety. It provides an excellent solution for those who have ignored their oral health due to the dentist's fear.
In oral sedation, a patient is given oral medication just before the appointment. The medicine provided will cause a light state of sedation, and you can sleep through your dental work. It is safe, and once you are awakened, your dental treatment is completed. With IV sedation, you will require someone to drive you to and from your dental appointment. The effects of IV sedation can last for several hours after the process is complete.
Why do you need sedation?
Sedation helps a patient to relax while undergoing the treatment. Many people avoid dental treatments due to several reasons that include the following:
- Patients suffer from extreme fear of dental treatments.
- Extreme uneasiness at the thought of the objects being placed in your mouth during the dental treatment or the sudden feeling like it is hard to breathe
- The fear of pain is a widespread cause for avoiding the dentist. This fear usually arises from an early dental experience that was unpleasant or painful.
- Many people are frightened of needles, especially when injected into their mouths.
- Others fear is that the anesthesia dose may not be enough to eliminate the pain before the dental procedure begins.
- Some people fear the possible side effects of anesthesia, such as dizziness, feeling faint, or nausea.
What are the various types of sedation available?
- Nitrous Oxide Sedation:In this sedation type, the nitrous oxide gas is administered through a soft mask. It works quickly, placing you in a calm, relaxed state almost instantly. The exact amount of nitrous oxide gas coming through the cover is adjusted to ensure you receive the proper sedation level. The nitrous oxide effects will wear off within minutes after discontinuing the administering of the gas. The patient will be able to drive home immediately following the treatment.
- Oral Conscious Sedation: It involves the use of an oral sedative taken a right before your procedure. This sedative places you in a relaxed state, but you remain conscious and communicative. In most cases, you won't have any memory of your treatment. You will emerge from the dental chair feeling relaxed and refreshed. There may be some lingering effects from oral conscious sedation, so you will have to arrange for someone to drive you home.
- IV Sedation:During this procedure, a certified anesthesiologist will administer an IV anesthetic. A patient will not be entirely unconscious the way you would after general anesthesia but will be able to move their head and open the mouth upon being instructed. The vital signs throughout the procedure will be maintained to ensure optimum levels of safety. When your procedure is finished, the anesthesiologist will decide when you are awake and alert enough to go home. It's essential to arrange for someone to drive you to and from your dental appointment since there will be remaining effects from the IV anesthesia.
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